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March 22, 2021 / Irene2468

Newberry Seminar for Summer 2021 – The Fiction of Pushkin and Lermontov

Mikhail Vrubel. Illustration to Lermontov. 1891
Mikhail Vrubel. Illustration to Lermontov. 1891

Alexander Pushkin (1799 – 1837) and Mikhail Lermontov (1814 – 1841) are primarily famous for their poetry, but their fiction was to have a tremendous impact on the subsequent development of the Russian novel. We will focus on close textual analysis of Pushkin’s and Lermontov’s fiction over a period of six (6) meetings, supplemented by biographical, historical, and critical information related to the writings presented at each meeting.

During the sessions, several short episodes (not longer than 10 – 15 minutes each) will be shown from movie adaptations; works by Russian painters Orest Kiprensky, Vasily Tropinin, Karl Briullov, and Alexander Ivanov will be presented, highlighting both the common ground and the autonomy of the sister arts. I will read some of the most famous poems by Pushkin and Lermontov in Russian, and we will read and compare several translations of these poems as well as to listen to them as songs, with music by Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov, and Glinka. I look forward to lively group discussions at each session.

Six weekly, two-hour sessions are planned, starting on Saturday, June 26, 2021 and ending on Saturday, August 7, 2021. For the complete seminar description, including the reading list, click here. When the registration details have been finalized by the Newberry, I’ll post the links on my site.